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2 women killed at lawyers' offices in Germany

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Photo - A police tape blocks a street near a lawyer's office where a woman was shot in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Shortly after the first killing, a second woman was shot dead in the town of Erkrath, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) away. A man was seriously injured in that attack. Duesseldorf police spokesman Peter Mahr said it was not yet clear whether the two cases were linked, but in both cases the suspect was still at large. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A police tape blocks a street near a lawyer's office where a woman was shot in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Shortly after the first killing, a second woman was shot dead in the town of Erkrath, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) away. A man was seriously injured in that attack. Duesseldorf police spokesman Peter Mahr said it was not yet clear whether the two cases were linked, but in both cases the suspect was still at large. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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BERLIN (AP) — Two women were killed in separate attacks at lawyers' offices in western German on Friday, and police later arrested a suspect who they said had dealings with both offices.

The suspect first stabbed a woman at a lawyers' office in Duesseldorf, also injuring a man during an attack in which he may also have used a firearm and then set a fire, prosecutor Christoph Kumpa told reporters.

It wasn't immediately clear who the victim was, but police said the suspected assailant had had a dispute with a lawyer at the office.

About 90 minutes later, a second woman — a lawyer's assistant — was killed at an office in Erkrath, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) away, and a man was injured. The man's legal case had been referred to the Erkrath office.

Police launched a massive manhunt and arrested the man Friday afternoon in Goch, near the Dutch border, after he forced his way into a pizza restaurant — setting off a scuffle in which two people were lightly injured. Kumpa said the suspect apparently had a score to settle with the restaurant's owner.

Officials identified the suspect only as Yanquing T., in keeping with German privacy rules. They said the 48-year-old, who was born in Shanghai and lived in Duesseldorf, admitted the attacks.

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